Passo dello Stelvio, alongside Col du Galibier and Col de la Croix-de-Fer in the French Alps, is an absolute must for any avid col-hunter. This iconic climb captivates cyclists and non-cyclists alike with its breathtaking Bladerunner view from the summit, overlooking Prato allo Stelvio.
The ride truly begins at Trafoi, where you’ll encounter the first of the 46 remaining switchbacks. As you ascend through the enchanting forest, the relentless gradients test your determination. Reaching Berghotel Franzenshöhe, the landscape opens up, revealing the distant top.
Although the road from Bormio offers stunning scenery, be prepared for dark tunnels that may not align with every road cyclist’s idea of fun on a busy and popular route. Pro tip: Conquer this climb in the early morning, before the motorcyclists swarm the road, and bask in the awe-inspiring experience.